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Beatrice Best Foulds
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1914
Lafayette County
Missouri, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 2006
Lincoln County
New Mexico, USA

Beatrice Best was born to Henry Mactere Best and Cecellia Ann Best on 6 March 1914 in Odessa, Lafayette County, Missouri. She was the third of six children. The earliest memory she has was sitting in a buggy with her mother, her brothers and sister, watching their country home burn to the ground. This event prompted the Henry Best family to move to Kingfisher, Oklahoma. There they lived with Beatrice's maternal grandmother Catherine Swan Best. This was about 1917. Beatrice's grandmother's home remained a vivid memory for her. Whenever she returned to Kingfisher, Oklahoma in later years, she would visit the site of the brief childhood adventure. It was a corner lot on the highway (highway 81) near the North end of the town. Catherine Swan Best had many beautiful Rose bushes that filled the yard and lined the fences.

While in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Beatrice got to know her cousins Ester, Georgia, Raymond, Pearl and Don. She visited them often and learned to play such games as "I Spy". Uncle George (George Boston Best) and Aunt Katie (Katie Dora Selzer) home was a fun place to go. Cecellia Ann Best and her niece, Georgia Best were very close. They loved to go to play, musicals and other community functions. Many time Beatrice was allowed to go along. The Henry Best family did not stay in Oklahoma. After three years or so, Henry Best decided he could make a better living in Missouri. Catherine San Best gave her daughter and Henry Best fifteen hundred dollars to buy two horses and a wagon. These were needed to farm in Missouri and Henry was a farmer by occupation. It was a long journey back to Missouri. The trip involved camping at night with other groups of travelers. Wood had to be gather for cooking around campfires and food was gathered wherever it could be found.

The Henry Best family settled near Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. The family rented a farm. Beatrice started school in the first grade there. She later graduated from Lexington High School and attended Central Missouri State Teacher's College at Warrensburg. After two year of college, Beatrice started teaching in rural school near Higginsville, Missouri. there she met her future husband, C.L. Foulds. Beatrice taught grades one to eight for eight years.

She married C.L. Foulds on 27 Dec 1937, Gray Lake County, Indiana. To this union Judy Kay Foulds was born. When Judy Kay was born, Beatrice quite teaching and became a homemaker for twenty two years. At the wage of fifty five, Beatrice when back to college. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in education. She was selected for the 1969-1969 edition of
"Who Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges". Beatrice then taught 2nd grade for 15 years in the Hobbs, New Mexico school until she retired in 1982.

Beatrice has been a widow since 1978. She stated she had a "good and happy life." All her brothers and sisters "turned out well" and life has been good to them. In her spare time Beatrice likes to read and travel. 
Family links: 
  Henry Mactere Best (1871 - 1945)
  Cecilla Ann Best Best (1889 - 1972)
  C. L. Foulds (1912 - 1978)
  James Leonard Best (1910 - 1993)*
  Leonard James Best (1910 - 1993)*
  Velma Lucille Best (1911 - 1993)*
  Beatrice Best Foulds (1914 - 2006)
  George Clifford Best (1916 - 1931)*
  Kenneth Alfred Best (1918 - 2002)*
  Virginia Lee Best Tagtmeyer (1922 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Memory Gardens
Lea County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Erlene Best (Bremmer)
Record added: Aug 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74704965


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